What to Do If You Think Your Partner Has Low T
As men age, testosterone levels may begin to drop. While this is a natural part of getting older, if those levels fall below a certain threshold, low testosterone, or low T, can manifest itself with a number of symptoms ranging from subtle to severe. Often, partners of men with low T are the first to notice those symptoms, including effects on sexual health, drive and performance.
If you think your partner may have low testosterone but are not sure where to begin learning about this condition, treatment options or how to talk to your man about his hormones, here’s how to get started.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Low Testosterone
The first step in determining if your partner’s testosterone levels are the cause of lower than normal sex drive is to identify if there are any other symptoms present. These are a few of the ways low T levels may affect your partner:
- Excessive weight gain and loss of muscle
- Loss of sex drive and softer than normal erections
- Unexplained mood swings, bursts of anger or irritability
- Extreme fatigue
- Inability to sleep
- Memory and hair loss
- Social withdrawal and depression
How to Talk to Your Partner about Low T
As with most other aspects of a relationship, communication is key when it comes to approaching the subject of low T. If you’ve noticed the above symptoms in your partner and suspect he’s struggling with low T, here are few dos and don’ts to remember when discussing his sexual health:
- Don’t assign blame. Low T is not your partner’s fault or yours. Approach the subject as an obstacle you can work through together.
- Do your research. Getting educated on low T and its symptoms and effects can help you start a calm, informed conversation with your partner.
- Don’t make it all about sex. While low testosterone does affect men’s sex drives, it can also cause weight gain, hair loss and more. Determining if low T is the cause of these effects can help address more than your partner’s sexual health.
- Do talk about your options. There are number of ways to treat low T, including testosterone replacement therapy, that can help your partner regain his vitality and confidence.
Remember, talking to your partner about his sexual health isn’t about pointing fingers or calling out problems—it’s about keeping the person you love healthy, happy and fulfilled in every aspect of your relationship.